~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Ekklesia Project Newsletter October 2006
in this issue
-- Ekklesia Project Finances
-- Ekklesia People
-- Initiative Update: Speakers Bureau
This newsletter is an effort to begin monthly electronic newsletters from The Ekklesia Project. Our new editor is John McFadden, longtime EP endorser and coauthor of three of our pamphlets. What isn’t entirely new is some of the content in this issue: it was prepared last April, but because of electronic glitches it didn’t get to you.
Ekklesia Project Finances
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~This report was written in April 2006. A current financial report will be included in the November newsletter. With the first quarter of the year behind us, we can report the following:
Initiative expenses $8,298
Included in that expense line is $1795 in printing
costs for our last pamphlet of 2005, Just War as
Christian Discipleship. Our other 2005 pamphlet was
Christian Funeral Practices in a Changed Time and
Culture. All Ekklesia Pamphlets are available online
If you wish to make a contribution to the ongoing
work of the EP, please make checks payable to The
Ekklesia Project and send to:
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Beth Newman and Todd Edmondson will be writing “Ekklesia People.” In each newsletter, they will offer brief introductions to some of our newest endorsers, and some of our long standing friends.
Joe Sellepack, a recent endorser of The Ekklesia
Project, is a pastor in Orchard Park, NY, where he
has lived for six years. In his ministry, he desires to
connect his congregational community to the larger
Church. Upon reading about EP in Christian Century
(2005), he set out to learn more, and quickly
discovered EP to be the sort of community he was
hoping to find. Joe looks forward to continued
involvement with EP, as both he and his Church
community grow in discipleship.
Initiative Update: Speakers Bureau
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Though EP has had a Speakers Bureau for about two years, that fact has been concealed beneath the name "Ekklesia Institute." We are now returning to the more explicit name Speakers Bureau. The purpose of the SB remains the same: "to bring people into conversation to share ideas and foster practices for the renewal of the Body of Christ." We try to do that by connecting speaking opportunities with quality speakers.
In 2005, the SB connected Allyne Smith with Reedwood Friends Church in Portland, where he spent six weeks as scholar in residence. Tobias Winright spoke in Indianapolis at the invitation of the Plowshares Peace Studies Collaborative of Goshen, Earlham, and Manchester Colleges. If you would like to find an EP speaker, please contact SB directors Barry Harvey and Laceye Warner.